This is a lovely Hautes-Côtes wine. This is an interesting region of Bourgogne. The Hautes-Côtes are split in two (Beaune and Nuits), with 40 villages and 352 vignerons among them. The soil is high in limestone, and quite shallow. It used to be a little too cool here in some vintages, but now with a warming trend (part of the climate chaos we face), it’s a lot more interesting. The vineyards of the Hautes Côtes de Beaune grow on the south- and southeast-facing slopes of valleys cut into limestone plateaus. They are about 100-200 m higher than the famous vineyards of the Côte de Beaune, at 290-485m.
Domaine Bourgogne-Deveaux Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune ‘La Perriere’ 2017 Bourgogne, France
13% alcohol. From a small domaine (2.75 ha) based just above Pommard, this is a really lovely Pinot Noir. The nose is perfumed with a cedar and incense edge to the floral red fruits, and a touch of undergrowth in the background. The palate is crunchy with some savoury cedar and spice notes, but also a lovely current of sweet, silky-textured red berry fruits, with some red cherry detail. Such a lovely expression of Pinot, with good concentration and generosity, but also nice tension. 92/100
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